week 2 – social and technological context

Our topics this week:

  • A brief history blogging.
  • Blogging: definition, features and forms.
  • Technologies: RSS,  GoogleReader

Today’s Agenda:

  • Guest speaker: Matt Rosenberg on Community Forums
  • Break
  • Blogging Form and Link Post

Blog Form

  • Blogging software as logical extension of mechanical printing (movable type, Gutenberg et al, c.1450,followed by machine-powered presses, c1810)
  • Blog definition/characteristics:
    • an online journal of personal thoughts and web links, usually published frequently and presented in reverse-chronological order
    • blog characteristics: also includes blogroll
    • blog post characteristics
      1. title
      2. body (post)
      3. permalink
      4. categories/tags
      5. date/timestamp
      6. comments
      7. trackback
  • The link post:
    link post (example) serves as a pointer to another Internet resource. These posts tend to be short and pithy and usually point to only one additional resource. However, a link post may point to multiple sources about the same topic. The quintessential link blog is BoingBoing, although it have evolved and offers both medium and long form posts. Some people are using Twitter as a link blog; others are using Posterous (Guy KawasakiSteve Rubel). Today, most blogs are of mixed form.
  • In-class assignment:
    Find a resource related to blogging, such as a how-to for writing or design, an article on blogging history. Write a short description of the resource and link to it. Write a catchy headline. Categorize as “assignment.” Publish! Due end of class; does count as one of your subject-matter posts due this week, as it is an in-class exercise to help you with that assignment.

For Thursday:

  • Geek Speak: RSS
  • Pros/cons of links (remember the reading – even and odds!)

Pros/cons of links reading:

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